Restaurant Reviews from hotfoodie
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street restaurant
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 25th April 2012 ( visited 23rd April 2012 )I enjoyed a lovely early bird meal. Ham Hock terrine to start followed by Beek Brisket cooked to perfection. This was my second selection from the menu as on a previous occasion I sampled the flambeed kidneys and Hake fillet. Unlike other early bird options offered elsewhere, this restaurant offers very good value for money as the portions are quite generous.
The Merrion Inn Bar & Kitchen restaurant
188 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 16th February 2009 ( visited 15th February 2009 )I used to have lunch here way back in 1990 when I worked during the summer as a hospital porter. The place has been completely revamped since then and I called in en route to a funeral. I wanted a quick snack and ordered crostini which was an excellent starter which many a topclass restaurant would have been proud to serve up. I'll certainly be coming back to try a main course.
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
I had an omelette with spinach and sundried tomato and chips. Quite a nice omelette but I thought there was far too much tomato and far too little spinach. Less is more in my opinion when it comes to sundried tomato.
141 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I ordered the rib eye steak. While it was cooked properly medium rare, I felt it was a bit chewier and fattier than I expected. Also, the fact that sides have to be ordered separately is an irritant. Surely, it's not too much to expect a portion of chips to accompany a steak as part of the price.
Dawson Street, Dublin City Centre, Dawson Street, Dublin
Went for the 5 course option with matching wines. Very enjoyable meal and the bread was very nice, particularly enjoyed how it was kept warm in a bag filled with heated cherry stones. This ranks as one of the finest meals I have ever had. An unrushed experience was also great (I entered the restaurant at 7pm and didn't leave until after 10pm!) as many places seem to rush single diners. I got chatting to a couple beside me which enhanced the dining experience. There are very few restaurants offering this type of cuisine and I will certainly be coming back for more. One slight quibble, I couldn't have the 7 course menu which I wanted as there was foie gras (which I dislike) and salmon included in two of the courses on this menu. I think the chef should consider a choice of options (not everyone likes foie gras and salmon) so that more people can enjoy the 7 course menu.
O'Connells Restaurant Donnybrook
135 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D04 HX46, Donnybrook, Dublin
I have visited this place a few times and on this occasion my parents accompanied me. The venue is always full of atmosphere even when it is not crowded as the decor is quite attractive. My father had lamb, my mother had salmon and I had the roast rib of beef. The Sunday buffet menu is a great idea where you pick your starter and dessert and are served the main course at table. What I particularly like about the beef option is that this is carved to your requirements at table. We all enjoyed the meal very much. The only downside is that the service can be a bit iffy. I had to walk over to our waiter to enquire about wine we had ordered. That said, the wine was quite nice and the driver glass option was much appreciated by our designated driver.
The Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, City Centre South, Dublin
Decided to go for the set menu. Baby leaf spinach starter was very nice but the main course of chicken was even better. What was particularly impressive was the overall size of the meal as it featured three different types of carrot, puree, baby and regular size as well as a roast potato and some turnip and green beans. The presentation was also quite attractive. I finished with an apple slice and accompanied the meal with a carafe of red wine. My only gripe would be the choice available on the set menu, fish, chicken or vegetarian. Two fish (not everyone likes salmon) and two meat options would be my preference. Also, in my opinion, due to the lesser cost involved, the vegetarian option should apply to all vegetarian items on the menu.
KC Peaches Cafe & Delicatessen (Nassau Street)
28/29 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Had a lovely tartiflette here recently and returned later on for a tea and pastry. I ordered a mug of tea and really enjoyed the fact that it arrived in a giant mug. Will certainly return as I like the atmosphere and the food.
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Enjoyed a night out with work colleagues who both opted for the beef burger while I chose the pork chop. We accompanied the meal with a nice bottle of red. Overall no complaints but nothing special either.
35 South William Street, Dublin 2, South William Street, Dublin
Decided to opt for the feather steak and million dollar fries with horseradish coleslaw. Also had wine and tea. The meal works out expensive when you factor in all the sides. One problem I had was the size of the horseradish coleslaw side. I think it might work better if they reduced it by half and charged 3 euro instead of 4.50. Also the fries option is a bit steep at 6.50. Perhaps 5 euro might be more reasonable. Did enjoy the steak and will return to try the popes eye and rosary cuts. The tea was served in an enamel mug which reminded me of my scouting days.
Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
I opted for the early bird menu which is available from 3pm to 7pm. Tomato soup followed by chicken. The main course is one of the most substantial available with a good portion of meat and a nice helping of mash and veg. I decided against wine and stuck with water which arrived in a chilled bottle which was much appreciated as I find many restaurants don't chill the tapwater brought to table.
Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I used to go to this place twenty years ago and decided to return for nostalgia sake. It's a pity the interior has been changed so much from what it was. As far as the food goes, my soup (potato and leek) was one of the finest I've ever tasted. I also had steak which had a nice charcoal taste but a little too much inedible fat. The service was a bit rushed as the waitress brought me over the steak while I was finishing the soup but apologised and returned when I had eaten my starter. Overall, though, I thought the meal was quite good given the nature of the establishment.
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I enjoyed a lovely early bird meal. Ham Hock terrine to start followed by Beek Brisket cooked to perfection. This was my second selection from the menu as on a previous occasion I sampled the flambeed kidneys and Hake fillet. Unlike other early bird options offered elsewhere, this restaurant offers very good value for money as the portions are quite generous.
The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Had an excellent lunch from the special menu. Fried hens egg and pudding followed by beef and finished up with a lemon rice pudding. Extremely tasty, delightfully presented and great value. So nice in fact that I returned for more the following day.
The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I selected from the early bird menu. Crispy Pork Belly to start followed by chicken. Both were very tasty. The ambience is also quite nice.
Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
This is a very nice French restaurant. I had escargots to start followed by chicken forestier. Both were delicious and accompanied by two excellent wines, white for the snails and red for the chicken. The music and ambience is very attractive and welcoming which for someone who often dines alone is quite important.
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I had the early bird option and between the bread, starter (Ham Hock Terrine) and main (chicken) I had no room left for dessert. Nice restaurant and nice wine selection also. Will probably stick to fish options on next visit as I'm anxious to sample the sticky toffee pudding.
Matt The Thresher Seafood Bar and Grill
31/31 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Have visited this place many times for the fish but on this occasion went for the bangers and mash preceded by soup. The soup, parnsip, lemon and thyme, was incredibly good but the main was a bit of a let down. Three modest sausages atop a small portion of mash with a small amount of onion gravy. I think with a bit more effort this dish could be really good. Perhaps two jumbo sausages with lots of mash and plenty of onion gravy would offer better value to the hungry customer.
L Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin
I had a fish main course and an apple crumble dessert. The fish was nice but sadly marred slightly by the appearance of a few bones which resulted in me picking carefully at the remainder. The dessert, not one of my favourites, was ok. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the selection of beers is quite outstanding. the bill came in a school maths instruments box together with a brown bag of sweets, a nice touch. I may return to try some of the other choices on the menu.
The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin
Enjoyed the early bird menu for starter and main and opted for dessert from a la carte. Starter, lemon sole, quite nice but badly presented in a small bowl on a plate making for an awkward eating experience. Main course, lamb, was very nicely presented in cylindrical form atop mash and peas. Wines, red and white, were nice. Dessert was sadly not as good as I expected it to be. I love the layout of the restaurant and will certainly return.
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
The devilled kidneys starter was delicious followed by a sumptious ribeye steak which was one of the best I've every had. Atmosphere was ok as it was a quiet night but I look forward to returning with a friend sometime.
The Butcher Grill
92 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin
On the basis of a review I decided to check this place out. The chicken livers on toast starter was simply divine but I didn't like my veal striploin too much as I felt it was a little on the fatty side. The wine was quite nice though and the atmosphere was excellent. I'll probably return to try the beef.
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
First time to visit this retaurant. Lovely comfortable blue chairs. Went for the early bird menu and for 20 euros it was well worth it. A very filling terrine to start was followed by a perfectly cooked and succulent rack of pork, the best I've ever had. Didn't have wine as I was detoxing after an enjoyable weekend but will on my return visit. Only slightly negative aspect was the waiter who took my empty water jug never to return with a refill so I had to ask another waiter for one.
73 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow
I visited this restaurant for the first time and was delighted with the experience. Two gripes however, the starter, muffin with quail egg and ham, had a slightly funny taste which didn't seem quite right while imposing a service charge for serving one diner is simply absurd especially in recession era Ireland. The main course, lemon sole with crabmeat and cherry tomato sauce, was very tasty, if a little on the small side necessitating a side order of fried potatoes. The dessert, creme brulee, was perfectly proportioned and enjoyable. I enjoyed a sauvignon blanc half bottle with the meal.
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I decided to spend my menupoints on the free 3 course offer and wasn't disappointed. A lovely selection of breads with pesto and olive oil dips and butter perfectly accompanied my starter of beef carpaccio. The seabream main course was simply outstanding. Creme brulee dessert was also nice and I finished up with tea and chocolate. A nice half bottle of sauvignon blanc went down well with the meal. My only gripe is the service charge which I can understand with large groups (6 and over) but really why does it have to be applied in the case of a solitary diner?
The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow
I visited here for the first time and was not disappointed. A lovely clonakilty black pudding starter followed by a perfectly cooked cod in batter and chips. I also enjoyed a lovely 1/2 bottle of chablis.
Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went for the early bird option. Also had a lovely Irish themed cocktail, prosecco with creme de menthe, beforehand. The soup, butternut squash and cider apple, is one of the finest I have ever tasted. The main, steak medallions, were nice but overcooked (I ordered medium rare and they came well done). Music is a little overpowering. Will probably return.
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had been planning to visit this place for some time and was not disappointed. The decor is outstanding and the food was lovely to look at and consume. I chose the early bird and my only gripe is that the main course portion is a bit on the small side so that a side order is a necessity which makes the 22 euro early bird price somewhat misleading. I opted for dessert and thought the tiramisu one of the best I've ever hard apart from the crushed amaretto biscuit topping which was over generous. Will definitely and am really envious of couples who can dine in the snugs as I am a solo diner.
The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Had been planning to go here for quite a while and was not disappointed with the experience. A lovely mushroom soup starter was followed by a slow cooked lamb shank in a flavoursome stew. As I had ordered the 3 course special, I went for dessert even though my stomach said enough already. This was the only let down, an apple sponge that was anything but light. Also, a service charge was applied even though this was only supposed to happen for large tables.
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had the soup starter followed by penne with sausage. Very enjoyable meal. I also like the choice between a small or large glass of wine and wish that more restaurants would offer this option. Slight gripe that when the main course arrived the waiter didn't notice that I had no cutlery and I had a difficult time getting someone's attention to provide me with same.
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I opted for the duck egg on brioche as a starter and the bangers and mash for main. My problem is the portion size of the main which was ridiculously small for what you are paying. May return but not for the sausage meal. Service was good and the wine was nice.
Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I'd been thinking of visiting this restaurant for quite a while as it gets consistently good reviews. I opted for the pre-theatre menu but have to admit that I was generally underwhelmed by the experience. My pea soup starter was quite a bland affair. The veal liver main also failed to impress as it was, I think, too overpowering and I also thought that the creamed potatoes did not match well with the dish. Perhaps simple boiled baby potatoes would have been a better choice. However, the panacotta dessert was very enjoyable.
Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I ordered the special bloomsday lunch. Soup was fine and dessert was lovely. Main course of beef and guinness casserole was not. Sauce was too rich and incredibly there were no potatoes in it. A portion of mash was served with it but it should have been boiled or baked to accompany this dish. Will return to try the steak sometime.
The Lord Edward
23 Christchurch Place, City Centre South, Dublin
I went here to try the Lobster and found it to be quite nice. The only problem was the inadequate size and exhorbitant cost. At 50 euro you would expect to get a lobster that would fill you up and leave little room for dessert. I will return but not for the lobster.
IFI Cafe Bar
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
I visited this restaurant recently with a few friends who were on a tight budget. I was delighted to see that steak and kidney pie was one of the specials on offer that night and also ordered a full carafe of wine for the very reasonable price of 23 euros (approx 7 glasses). The dessert (sticky toffee pudding) also went down well. The location is also perfect for a pre-theatre meal as the Olympia is but a short distance away. I can certainly wholeheartedly recommend this place.
Hampton Hotel Bar Bistro
19-29 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4 , Donnybrook, Dublin
I visited this venue recently and was delighted with the food and drink on offer. My seafood starter was perfectly presented and tasted great. My main course of lamb on a bed of mash surrounded by cubes of carrot in a lovely sauce couldn't be faulted for taste or presentation. Finally, a delightfully light tiramisu completed an exceptional dining experience. Atmosphere was quiet but service was impeccable.
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I visited this place late in the evening after work. I looked at all of the reviews before posting this as I wanted to see if anyone mentioned steak. Noone has and so this is how my steak turned out. Served with tasty rosemary potatoes and peppers, the medium rare steak came well done. I was too hungry to argue but when I mentioned this to the waiter afterwards he declined to offer me a free tea or drink. The wine was however excellent and I will probably return for pasta but not for steak.
The River Bistro
4 Georges Quay, Limerick City, Limerick
I was treated to a meal here for my birthday. I had the prawn risotto which went down very well. Sadly, my main course was too overpowering. I think a choice should be made between the pork belly and the fillet of pork as combining the two with black pudding calls for someone with a gargantuan appetite. Nevertheless the food was perfectly cooked, the service also good and the chef visited our table after the meal to inquire if everything was to our satisfaction.
Hilan Chinese & Korean Restaurant
45 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I visited for the first time as I fancied trying out some Korean cuisine. I had flying fish with soya rice and vegetable. I accompanied this with some very strong Korean wine (20%). The service couldn't have been better, very pleasant chatty atmosphere. I wish I had been with a group so I could have tried out some of the BBQ options. I liked the way the food was served in a dish which kept it warm throughout the meal.
La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
In these recessionary times, it's nice to visit a restaurant that gives exceptional value for money. This is one such restaurant. I started with an asparagus risotto with poached egg, followed this with braised daube of beef, and ended with a passionfruit parfait with a madeleine. Unbelievably, this delicious three course lunch came to just 20 euro. I had previously visited for dinner but will certainly be returning for lunch more often.
Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
I have visited this restaurant on a few occasions. Twice for dinner and once for lunch. The lunch price is very reasonable. Dinner, however, is a different story. My main problem, however, with this restaurant is that it discriminates against single diners. When you order a steak, that is all you get. Everything else has to be added to the plate. Thus, steak and a mash sideorder presents an insurmountable challenge for one person. The sides should definitely be reduced by half to allow room for dessert. The steak prices and sizes could also be looked at.
4 Olive Mount Terrace, Dundrum Road, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin
I visit this restaurant occasionally but have found the food quality to be quite uneven. I agree with another reviewer that far too much sauce is given. The rice portion is also quite small to accompany a main course. It's also a pity that there is no soup option as a starter.
Residence, 41 St. Stephen´s Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
I visited the dining room for lunch and was delighted with the overall experience as were my two companions. Scallops for two of us as a starter went down very well followed by goose for me, beef and venison for the other two. The service was impeccable with staff regularly visiting our table to make sure we were ok. The food was perfectly cooked and presented. If you don't wish to eat in the dining room, there is also a very good bar menu to choose from.
The Brasserie at The Clayton Ballsbridge
Bewley's Hotel Ballsbridge, Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I decided on the spur of the moment to try out this restaurant while out for an evening walk. I was just in time for the early bird menu. Winter vegetable soup followed by roast chicken washed down by a half bottle of a good French red came to under 50 euro. The food and wine were exceptionally fine and I will certainly be returning. My only gripe is that the restaurant is too large and the atmosphere suffers as a result. Perhaps they could try to fence it off a little more so that your field of vision was confined to a smaller section as this would make it a more intimate and enjoyable experience.
The Merrion Inn Bar & Kitchen
188 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I used to have lunch here way back in 1990 when I worked during the summer as a hospital porter. The place has been completely revamped since then and I called in en route to a funeral. I wanted a quick snack and ordered crostini which was an excellent starter which many a topclass restaurant would have been proud to serve up. I'll certainly be coming back to try a main course.
TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I have eaten here before and found the food disappointing. However, on this occasion I was pleasantly surprised. I ordered the New York cut steak and it came back exactly as ordered, medium rare. I followed this with an exquisite dessert cocktail, peaches and cream. The place was quite busy and I had to wait at the bar where I enjoyed an appletini cocktail. Where the restaurant falls down is in terms of value for money. This will not deter me from going back as I enjoy a place with good food and atmosphere even if it is slightly over-priced.
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I visited Hugos for the first time for lunch and was delighted with what was on offer. My starter oeufs en meurettes was a nice change from the usual offered in other places. I then went for bangers and mash which also went down quite well accompanied by a glass of expensive red. I will definitely be coming back. The atmosphere was somewhat lacking as there were only a few diners when I entered at 2.30pm but then I like eating in quiet restaurants. The service could have been a bit better as I had to stand up and beckon a waiter to take my order.